Grover’s Bar & Grill, East Amherst, NY

I’m developing a new rule of thumb: If it’s been on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” fuhggedaboudit!

Spurred by Guy Fieri’s raptures about cheeseburger soup, I dragged the beautiful and mysterious woman I travel with to East Amherst, New York’s Grover’s Bar and Grill.

Part of the mystique of Grover’s is that in a previous life the modest shingled building that houses the joint served as a hunting lodge for President Grover Cleveland. Nowadays, he’d be reduced to hunting for bargains at one of the many malls that line the route to Grover’s.

We arrived to find the place mobbed with eager diners, many of whom had spilled onto the pavement outside, drinks in hand. After negotiating an absolutely baffling chalk board sign up system and grabbing a cold brew, we repaired outside where we determined from departing guests that they had run out of cheeseburger soup. Damn you, Guy Fieri!
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